Oct 8, 2012 12:00pm PDT
the speech today. romney talked about the need for new leadership and bold leadership to bring a resolution to the israel/palestine situation. when the cameras were not rolling a few months ago when millions weren't listening or watching, romney had a different take on the exact same subject. i'd like to play that right now. >> these are problems that are very hard to solve. i look at the policy for political purposes committed to the destruction and elimination of israel, and he's throwing the issues. i say there's just to way. what you do is you move things along the best wake you can, you hope for a degree of stability but you recognize it's going to remain unsolved. >> so i'm sorry. it gets hard to take this stuff seriously at a certain point with when the guy gives a major foreign policy speech and bash obama for not bringing resolution to this program as president when he has gone in front of a group of people and basically said the best you could do as president is kick the can down the road. i have a hard time taking that seriously. >> unfortunately, he can't say that in the speech.
Oct 8, 2012 9:00am PDT
of our military commanders. >> to me that sounds like mitt romney is suggesting he'll do exactly what the president is doing. do you have a different interpretation? >> i didn't. i tried to look at the speech through the eyes of a combat soldier. the most interesting thing he said, i thought, was ha hope is not a strategy, but rhetoric isn't either. it was a gigantic missed opportunity to outline really finite fundamental and specific strategies for dealing with the problems he so ably described. in afghanistan, for example, there is a real mess there in the sense that negotiations clearly aren't going to happen. we're not training the afghans fast enough to really pick up after 2014 when we are supposed to have withdrawn combat troops. there is no plan for what happens after december 2014 and the whole thing has fallen into a messy, bloody stalemate. i was looking to romney to provide some glimmer of a way out of that. whether it was endorsing fast track negotiations, whatever it was. i was looking for a plan. i didn't find it there or other things he mentioned. the one specific thin
Oct 5, 2012 10:00am PDT
said, memorably, sounded like a concession speech. you know, i'm not a perfect man, i've made mistakes, i'm sure mitt romney would say i've made mistakes how is that the opening line of your two-minute closer? >> yeah. >> that he carried into the closing statement. i don't think that -- i think that was lacking in the rest of the performance for the president. >> the other thing i noted about romney, not just his affect, because as tough as he was, he was polite and smiling, if you're looking at it with the sound turned off, one man looked happy and smiling and almost reagan-like in his demeanor, and the other man looked tense and not happy to be there, reluctant to be there. romney used words talked about empathy, suffering, caring, he cited examples, the teacher in las vegas. that really seemed to be trying to fix the 47% problem. >> i agree with that. he didn't get asked the 47% problem but his whole performance was an attempt to answer it in a certain way. he did talk about empathy and smartly in ohio and in missouri and in a lot of -- >> nevada. >> and other states and nevada and